C is for… Coal Valley

Another winery with a remarkable view from the restaurant is Coal Valley Vineyard between Cambridge and Richmond, a short drive from Hobart, Tasmania. A relatively small wine list, consisting of Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir (other varieties such as Temperanillo have been planted but we didn’t see any in bottles as yet) priced at the lower end of Tasmanian wine bottle prices (typical white wines are around $32 per bottle and red wines around $40 per bottle).

What we liked: The Riesling is simply wonderful; not so much the TGR Riesling which, at 20 grams of residual sugar (hence the name) was a bit on the sweet side for a lunchtime drink, but others may well enjoy it. The 2018 Riesling still had some sweetness on the nose and produced a good array of flavours in what was a relatively complex palate. We thought that there may have been some ageing done in oak, but our waiter was unable to answer for certain. Despite lacking in structure, the wine actually drinks really well with the acidity kept perfectly in balance.

What we weren’t so keen on: The table service, despite being very pleasant, was incredibly slow. A good hour can be spent waiting for lunch when the dining room is over half-full and the food that eventually arrives is not the greatest in the area. Good, certainly, but other venues are winning in this category as well.

Our verdict: Tasmanian wineries are always worth a visit because in general they produce really good wine and you cannot always find it elsewhere due to the limited volumes produced. If you are rushed for time, this one is not essential but if you have the time, the wine is worth it.

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